Title: Atonement (The Protectors #6)
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Publisher: self published
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Page Count: 355
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.9 stars out of 5
“Once a fuck up, always a fuck up.”
Words twenty-six-year-old Dante Thorne has had to live with for more years than he can count and a title he finally earned at the tender age of sixteen when one careless decision led to tragedy. And since he can’t deny the truth of the words, why not live by them instead? Fucking up, fucking, it doesn’t matter; as long as it feels good and makes him forget the day he failed the one person he’d always sworn to protect. A good philosophy to live by until Dante meets the one man who might actually having him wishing he was something more…
At forty-one and with a distinguished twenty-year career as a Texas Ranger under his belt, Magnus DuCane should have been in the prime of his life. Instead, he’s mourning the loss of the daughter he couldn’t save and contemplating a future that looks nothing like the one he had planned. The only bright spot in his life is the young grandson whose suddenly been returned to him after going missing two years earlier and the new family of men that he’s been welcomed in to with open arms. But with his iron will, unfailing self-control and unflappable discipline, Magnus knows he can start a new chapter and get his life back on track…if he can just get past the disturbing, unexpected feelings one young man stirs in him.
Because everything about Dante Thorne is wrong for Magnus. His arrogance, his cocky attitude, every single unfiltered word that falls unchecked out of his mouth and, of course, the fact that he’s a man.
But when his well-meaning friends send Dante with him as a bodyguard when he returns to Texas to testify in a high-profile case, Magnus begins to see beyond the brash words and endless sexual innuendo. And when he starts to discover that what he sees isn’t all that bad, suddenly the fact that that Dante is a man instead of a woman no longer seems like such a big sticking point anymore…
Shiver. What a delicious tension! Author managed with two POVs to give us detailed overview of our heroes relationship to date. Lots of sparks and butting heads and behind the scenes emotional turmoil. It was impossible to stay unmoved by their histories: hard past and their continuing struggle simply broke my heart. Both men are familiar with pain. It’s one fact that could bring them closer together if they could calm down and just talk with each other. Dante is on self destructive streak while Magnus is all about control.
They both believed they have failed people depending on them and are reluctant to start a new relationship. The woulds are still raw and they both trying to protect themselves so they are prickly and defensive. Inch by inch however they manage to gain trust in each other. They face a hard road, filled with pitfalls and setbacks. It’s an emotional roller coaster which frankly made it hard for me to read the story. It was almost impossible to distance myself from emotions that men experienced: sadness, rage and desire. They don’t held back and it gets pretty rough between them.
The story deals with child and sexual abuse so it gets really dark and disturbing at times. It’s a gritty story and it doesn’t pull any punches. Both men go through their personal hell but manage to find happiness together.
I’m giving it a 4 star because I was very involved in the story but the second part was honestly too harsh for my tastes. But for readers who want story with tortured heroes who painstakingly build relationship and doesn’t shy away from hard themes this should be interesting.
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